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Aphrodite is one of the oldest and most popular Greek goddesses. She is known as the goddess of beauty and love. Mythology tells us that she was born when Cronus castrated his son Uranus. Cronus threw his genitals into the sea and from the sea foam Aphrodite arose.

She was very beautiful and this beauty made the other gods jealous. They were afraid that this jealousy would cause a rift between and eventually a way. In order to avoid this Zeus married her to Hephaestus whom no one viewed as a potential threat. Later Aphrodite would become instrumental in the legend of Eros and Psyche and would be a surrogate mother and Adonis’ lover.

All of the references of her tell us that she was born into the world as an adult. While she was married to Hephaestus she was a lover to many and especially wished that she was with Ares the god of war. She was one of the few known characters to have played a large role in what caused the Trojan war.